District 25 gambles levy bucks again
By Ron Daugherty
Have you seen the billboards around town? “School District 25 Supplemental Levy, NO NEW TAXES. Vote NO March 8th.” Heed them. Follow them.
Deceptive stories continue to become known. “Lunacy!” people on the street would certainly respond if they knew, “what school district would ever do ‘that’ during economic times like ours?”
Imagine a district incessantly crying because it cannot budget through hard times and is seriously out of money…or so we’re led to believe.
Perhaps we’re asking inquiries of the wrong people and getting vague answers. Maybe we’re not precise enough with those in the know. Or could it be that some educator folks are simply deceitful with the public. Take your pick at this point in time.
Nonetheless, March 8 taxpayer pockets will again be potentially pick-pocketed, depending upon the particular outcome. Your votes dictate. Citizens, the public must stop such levy robbery once and for all by voting an emphatic NO, NO, NO MORE TAXES!
Reasonable people would say, “We’re done! Get to your job at hand and budget for the new future of systemic discretion and prudence.” More taxation is not the answer. Taxing to spend is an eternal problem, as a matter of fact.
There simply aren’t anymore endless options. Our wide-ranging economic perfect storm is not going away soon. Understand it. Know it. Plan for it. Think like Idaho families have to nowadays; survive by what you have and have gained in life.
The same cost increases that confront families also face cities and school districts. So what’s new? Deal with them.
Visualize. Specifically confront school district numbers and observe the big picture. Based upon levies from 2004, 2011 and 2012 – assuming a proposed 2012 levy should pass – taxpayers would cough-up an additional $687.37 (each payer) via property taxes, per $100,000 assessed/inflated business or home property values, though those values have gone hideously downward.
Read between the lines. Listen well beyond double-talking mouths and smiling faces. Should all levies pass with flying colors, “the good ole kid-oriented” district still predicts it’ll require $1,577,000 more dollars down the immediate road. From where? From whom? Peter? Paul? Or from both?
In my last commentary on the district levy issue, I offered 10 workable suggestions to help them through bad times. Real educators would review and evaluate them. Nothing has happened to innovate, and undoubtedly won’t. The people must now respond to such inept inaction.
Blank-checks are vanishing from disproportionate institution/government spending. Line up to be counted. Vote NO MORE on the 8th.
Send a message to get tougher. Freeze all levies statewide for the next four years. Additionally, mandate levies only once during a five-year period by law throughout the state. Such is a workable plan promoted by the people. Collectively govern out and away arbitrary tax & spend mindset mentality forever. Tell cities and districts to become strictly not-for-profit functions by and for the people of residence.
Be truly brave and bold. Give back a sensible future to your children and grandchildren.
After all, let’s be clear to a concise point: Regarding another School District 25 Supplemental Levy, NO NEW TAXES. Vote NO to more taxation on March 8. The issue is not about kids. It’s about institutional dishonesty…again.
Ron Dean Daugherty of Pocatello is an author, specialty magazine contributor, past small-business owner, and now retired educator/administrator within regular and special learning programs. Feel free to share your comments and/or feedback at email@example.com.